HUDSON BAY’S BASEMENT II

9/6/2022         

When Benny Lars heard of the James Bay Project through a civil engineering magazine, he read with interest thru the years as more dams came online over the decade. The road out to the farthest east dam site was complete and Benny decided to go for an exploratory ride. Sporting his pickup truck that got over 20MPG with a decent sized gas tank, Benny had a range of nearly 600 miles. A must for traveling in Canada. Leaving for Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario after the 9-11 disaster that turned the border crossings into: freedom rape tollbooths, Benny got lucky and glided through customs that sported a broken computer. With a few questions, a sour scowl, and permission to pass, he proceeded through Ontario heading for a mining town, named Cobalt, to view a Taylor Air Compressor (TAC) he read about. A normal 6-hour ride took all day with stops for parks, waterfalls, and anything else that needed a brain sniff. The physics of how a TAC works put it 300′ underground, but the mine’s history was well worth the stop. Benny was now headed for the land of gay conversations, known as French Quebec, and relied on a 1982 law that put both languages on road signs. He continued north to Val-D’Or, a quaint city that loved to host bicycle races. Benny lost 4 hours, while the future knee replacement crowd closed off the city streets. That evening, he slept at a Mattagami hotel and registered the next morning at a checkpoint for all people using the James Bay Highway. Canadians are so thoughtful that Benny figured they were going to send him a Christmas card. NOT. The Wisconsin licensed truck shifted straight north for nearly 200 miles by road and was now even with the bottom of James Bay, 100 miles to the west. Mr. Lars drove a bit farther and was now introduced to a noisy wayside that demanded inspection. With a boardwalk penetrating the insect infested timbers, he came upon a viewpoint that was astounding. Here, the Rupert River was still in its original, thundering form. 

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